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I discussed my research at the Ukraine Post-Elections Event, UK Houses of Parliament (by invitation of John Whittingdale OBE MP, The British-Ukraine All-Party Parliamentary Group, The Henry Jackson Society and Ukraine Crisis Media Centre), (October 2014).



  • I commented on the House of Lords EU Committee report on the crisis in Ukraine on Sky News (February 20, 2015).I was interviewed on BBC World and BBC Wales about the fact the ceasefire is not working (February 16, 17, 2015).
  • I was interviewed on BBC World and BBC Wales about the peace deal and significance of Merkel going to Russia, (February 5, 6, 7, 8, 2015).
  • My Interview with Radio France Internationale about the UN Report on Human Rights Abuses in Eastern Ukraine.
  • My and Dr. Kravets’s op-ed appeared on Al Jazeera English
  • I was interviewed live on Sky News TV, Al Jazeera,  BBC Wales Interview, BBC Radio.


  • I was interviewed on BBC Radio about the significance of the #‎Nsiman18F, #Nisman, #F18, #protestadelsilencio,  #MarchaDelSilencio, protests in Argentina, I discussed findings form my book (February 19, 2015).

DR. OLGA ONUCH  is an Assistant Professor in Politics at the University of Manchester and an Associate Fellow at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford. She received her DPhil in Comparative Politics from the University of Oxford in 2011. From 2011-2014 she was a Newton Prize Fellow in Comparative Politics (awarded by the Royal Society & British Academy) at the SIAS, Latin American Centre and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, both held at the University of Oxford. In 2013-2014 she was also a Shklar Research Fellow at HURI, at Harvard University. In 2014 she was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Grant (hosted at the UCL – not taken up).

RESEARCH Her research focus is on the comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour and institutions, in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe. An expert on protests, elections, activism and good governance (decentralization) in Ukraine, she is currently conducting large surveys of protest participants in Kyiv, Ukraine,  as part of her ongoing Ukrainian Protest Project. The first findings from this data collection have already been published in book chapters and journal articles.

DATA COLLECTION IN UKRAINE In Summer 2014 (and to be continued in 2015), Dr. Onuch is carrying out extensive fieldwork (structured interviews and focus groups) related to the EuroMaidan protest wave (in comparative perspective with the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections) to better understand the motivations and the mechanisms of mobilization behind political behaviour in a crisis context. The first findings from this data collection have already been published in book chapters and journal articles.

DATA COLLECTION IN ARGENTINA In late 2013, Dr. Onuch completed field based data collection in Buenos Aires, Argentina investigating: How political parties motivate and mobilize citizens to vote? Data and findings stemming from this project have published in book chapters and are forthcoming in stand alone academic articles.

NEW LARGE GRANT: UKRAINE CRISIS ELECTION SURVEY In May 2014 Dr. Onuch (Co-I), and her colleagues Prof. Henry Hale (P-I, George Washington University), Prof. Timothy Colton (Co-I, Harvard University) and Dr. Nadiya Kravets (Co-I, Harvard University), are leading a research team studying the politics of the Ukrainian crisis, and have been awarded a large National Science Foundation RAPID Grant to conduct theUkraine Crisis Election Survey’ a three-wave nationally representative panel survey of the Ukrainian population. The first findings from this project are set to be publicly presented at Columbia University in April 2015.

NEW SMALL GRANT: ‘EXIT’ AND ‘VOICE’ in ROMANIA AND UKRAINE In January 2014, Dr. Onuch (Co-I), and her colleague Dr. Sorana Toma have received a OUP John Fell Fund Starter Grant (for proof-of concept and pump-priming) to study the nexus between ‘exit’ (migration) and ‘voice’ (protest) (see: Hirschman 1978) focusing on the cases of Romania (2013) and Ukraine (EuroMaidan 2013/2104). They have conducted exploratory survey and field work in 2014 on the topic. They will be hosting an intensive comparative workshop on the topic in May 2015 at the University of Oxford. For information about the workshop or to participate please contact Dr. Toma or Dr. Onuch. www.exitandvoice.com

Media and Research Experience keywords:  Activism*, Civil Associations, Civil Society, Civil Society Aid/Promotion, Democracy Aid/Promotion, ‘Revolutions’, Comparative Politics*, Democratization*, Elections*, Electoral Fraud, Electoral Populism*, Mass-Mobilization*, Party Machines, Politics of Economic Crisis, Political Participation, Political Parties, Protest*, Social Movements*, Transition*, Youth Movements*.

Sectors and industries to which research relates: Consultancy, NGOs, Government

Countries and regions to which research relates (media interviews):  Ukraine*, Argentina*, Mexico, Poland*, Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America.


  1. Ukrainian [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Fluent/Native];
  2. Polish [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Advanced];
  3. English [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Fluent/Native];
  4. French [Spoken: Advanced, Written: Advanced];
  5. Spanish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate];
  6. Russian [Spoken: Basic /Working Knowledge, Written: Working Knowledge/Intermediate].

Media experience: Press, Radio & TV in Canada; France; Poland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; and USA.


Politics, School of Social Sciences
University of Manchester
M13 9PL

Email1: olga.onuch [at] manchester.ac.uk

Nuffield College, New Road,
University of Oxford, Oxford,

Email 2: olga.onuch [at] nuffield.ox.ac.uk


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